The surname Martani came from the Latin name Martinus, which is a derivative of Mars, who was the Roman god of fertility and war.The popularity of the name Martin is due to Saint Martin de Tours, who was one of the best known saints in the Western World. With the spread of Christianity, people named their children after saints in the hope that the children might enjoy that saint's patronage. Martin is also one of the few saints' names, other than the names of Old English saints, found in England
before the Norman Conquest.
Early Origins of the Martani family
The surname Martani was first found in Brescia, where Theobaldo Martinengo, born in 930, was very important to the empire of Otto I
. In 953 he donated 15 castles in the area to the empire, and his son Tebaldo led 12,000 men fighting against the Greeks for the empire. His son Leopardo became master of sixty castles, one of which he named Martinengo.
Martani Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Martani include De Martini, De Martinis, De Martino, DeMartini, DeMartinis, DeMartino, Martignon, Martignone, Martignoni, Martin, Martina, Martinati, Martinato, Martinelli, Martinetti, Martini, Martinilli, Martinis, Martino, Martinoni, Martinotti, Martinuzzi and many more.
Early Notables of the Martani family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Simone Martini, known for his strides in the development of Italian Gothic Painting in the early 14th century. One of his well known works is The Road to Cavalry, a vivid painting with the influence of expressionism and drama from Giotto... Another 279 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Martani family to the New World and Oceana
Early records show that people bearing the name Martani arrived in North America quite early: Erno Martino, who arrived in Georgia in 1733; Disloza Martino, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Messino, Italy, in 1893; Donato Martino, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Italy, in 1892.